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Strata Committee Access to Lot
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SammyDJ
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18/04/2018 - 1:17 pm
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Do I have to give the Strata Committee access to my lot (roof terrace)? We have previously given access for abseiling window cleaners, but every time they cause damage to our terrace, and we don’t want to allow them up there any more.

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The Owners Corporation is entitled to gain access to your lot in pursuit of repairs or checks related to the repair and maintenance of the building.

However, if it is not an emergency and you refuse access, they have to seek orders from NCAT to compel you to let them in.

Armed with that information, I would tell them that you will not allow further access unless you see clear and genuine efforts made to come up with a suitable alternative – otherwise you will send them to NCAT every time they want access.

FYI:  In my building, the Penthouse owners allowed access for abseilers to set up anchor points for cleaning and repairs but the equipment was huge and ugly and their patience must have been wearing thin.

I suggested putting a rail around the building, for abseilers to attach their lines, which was dismissed contemptuously by our committee. 

They then embarked on a lunatic plan to install a crane on a rail track on the roof which would have necessitated the evacuation of the three top floors for several months so that the slabs could be strengthened to carry it.

Naturally, that fell through (the plan, not the crane) and guess what! We now have a rail for abseilers around the building, exactly as I had suggested five years previously.

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